NAR lays out federal advocacy priorities for 2016


In 2016, NAR will be focused on the following public policy initiatives: Homeownership & Real Estate Investment Tax Policies The growing federal debt, weak economic recovery, and continued growth of tax complexity have kept tax reform near the top of the national agenda. Members of Congress from both Houses and both parties have expressed a [...]

LEGAL HOTLINE: Property owner responsibilities for snow removal


Below are Questions and Answers from the Massachusetts Legal Hotline attorneys, Michael McDonagh, Ashley Stolba and  Justin Davidson. Q. My client owns a rental property and insists that he has no responsibility for removal of snow except for clearing the sidewalks as required by a municipal ordinance. Is he correct? A. No. The usual rule is that it [...]

Find out what changes in real estate with the new Congressional appropriations bill


  Congress has passed sweeping legislation of more than two-thousand pages to fund the Federal Government Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by the President when it arrives at the White House. The new legislation will put an end to the series of stop-gap funding measures known as “Continuing [...]

Legal Hotline: Cameras in houses and livestream marketing


Q. I have listed a property and the seller has outfitted his home with webcams. He says it is to keep an eye on the property, but I think it is to listen to conversations and see who is viewing the house. Must I disclose to potential buyers and their agents that they are being [...]